BBI Report Release Set for Next Week, Hints MP Moses Kuria
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President Kenyatta, ODM leader Raila Odinga and other leaders during the launch of the BBI report at the Bomas of Kenya. Photo courtesy
The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is the outcome of the handshake between president Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga. This is after the two political antagonists agreed to bury their differences on March 18, 2018 at Harambee House. This led to a committee of experts appointed to spearhead the agenda of nationhood in a country that had been divided after every General election. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
ODM leader Raila Odinga addresses the public during BBI rally in Mombasa. Photo courtesy
The first phase of the report was unveiled at the Bomas of Kenya paving way for the second phase which was halted after the Coronavirus outbreak in the country thus suspending all the social gatherings.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has hinted at the release of the report next week. The Tanga Tanga faction legislator and DP Ruto ally has clearly come out to oppose the initiative. He has written on his social media page 12 key proposals in the report which according to the schedule, Nakuru and Nairobi county meetings are yet to be held to collect views of the residents.
1 290 Constituencies to be retained
2 Nominated MPs to be increased from 12 to 162 to take care of highly populated constituencies
3 President will be elected directly by the people to be Head of State and take charge of Internal Security, Defence and Foreign Affairs. He will have a Deputy President with roles defined in the constitution
4 Prime Minister will be voted for by parliament and will appoint all other Ministers. He will have 2 Deputy Prime Ministers
5 50% of Ministers will come from parliament and the rest will be appointed outside parliament
6 The First Runner Up in a Presidential Election will occupy the best office of the Official Leader of the Opposition. His running mate will be the Deputy Leader of the Opposition. They will have a state funded shadow cabinet
7 Chief Justice will NOT be a member of the Judicial Service Commission
8 Health and Agriculture functions will revert back to national governments
9 IEBC Commissioners will be appointee by political parties
10 Nairobi County will be abolished
11 All monies to counties will be conditional grants from National Government to ensure devolved funds are spent for the intended purposes
12 If you are charged you can not vie for public office View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
However, it is not clear when the actual report from the committee will be released. On various occasions, ODM leader Raila Odinga has said, "Reggae has not stopped. It is only on break and it will resume after the Coronavirus pandemic is over." Reggae here refers to the rallies drumming support of the Building Bridges Initiative.
His counterpart president Kenyatta has also maintained that the BBI will continue to its full implementation, a referendum, for the good of the country. Their critics term the initiative as a means of clinging to power by the dynasties. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Rt. Hon Raila Odinga during the Garissa BBI rally. Photo courtesy